A student’s Certificate of Eligibility will be either an I-20 or DS-2019, depending on whether the student is coming to the U.S. on an F student visa or a J student visa. The “F” and “J” simply refer to different types of visas the U.S. government provides to international students.
An I-20 document is used to apply for a student visa in the F category. A DS-2019 is used to apply for a student visa in the J category. You can find out which document you have by reading the fine print in the bottom left corner of the first page of the document. Please review your Certificate of Eligibility to ensure that the information is correct and complete using the guidelines below. If information needs to be changed or added, please contact the Mizzou office that issued your document:
Undergraduate students: ISSS@missouri.edu or +1 573-882-6007
Graduate students with I-20 certificates: GradAdmissions@missouri.edu or +1 573-882-6311
Graduate students with DS-2019 certificates: ISSS@missouri.edu or +1 573-882-6007
F and J student visa holders may enter the U.S. up to 30 days prior to the program start date listed on their certificates of eligibility.
All students must arrive prior to the mandatory international orientation session. Please notify the International Center by e-mail as soon as possible if you will not be able to enter the U.S. in time to attend orientation due to visa processing delays.
When you arrive in the U.S., officers from Customs and Border Protection (CBP) will review your documents at the port of entry before they admit you into the country.
Please know that the CBP has the authority to deny admission into the U.S. If you have difficulties crossing the U.S. border, please call our office and ask to speak with an international student adviser.
The USCIS website's student page provides information about what students can expect at the border.
Note: You might have your fingerprints taken at the U.S. border.
Note: Entry procedures are different for citizens of Canada.
Published by the International Center, N52 Memorial Union, University of Missouri, Columbia, MO 65211 | Phone: 573-882-6007 | Fax: 573-882-3223
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